The fact that the ancient wisdom of Lao Tzu, expressed in his immortal classic Tao Te Ching, can still be put into practice is a strong testament of its timelessness. Indeed, true wisdom is eternal and never out of date.
As an illustration, the following quote is taken from my book TAO The Way to Biblical Wisdom, which contains the complete translation of the 81 chapters of Tao Te Ching:
"Living by the Spirit, we choose a simple and humble lifestyle.
We meditate to enhance our spirituality.
We love our neighbors as ourselves.
We express compassion to all.
We speak with truth and sincerity.
We live in the present moment.
We take action only when necessary.
Without much ado or over-doing, we trust the guidance of the Spirit.
In this manner, life flows like water, fulfilling itself and everything naturally."
(Tao Te Ching, Chapter 8)
Human happiness is derived from a simple lifestyle, which focuses on others rather than on self. To possess that simplicity, we need humility. Lao Tzu focused much on the absence of the ego-self. Pride, the opposite of humility, is the first of the Seven Deadly Sins for a good reason; pride not only led to the fall of man but also is the root cause of all human miseries.
Contemporary wisdom, on the other hand, stresses on self, such as self-importance or self-esteem, such that it may seem okay even to step on others to climb up the ladder of success. To ensure success, many of us take extra effort--"over-doing" according to Lao Tzu--even to the extent of breaking the law; a case in point is the fallen cyclist Armstrong, who took enhancing drugs to win his races. If we cheat to get what we want, we are also depriving someone of the success that is rightfully his or hers. Just think about that!
Meditation should play a pivotal role in everyday life. The objective of meditation is to still the mind--the rambling mind with thoughts of past achievements, and the expectation to anticipate the repeats of those achievements by hook or by crook. In the stillness of the mind, we may see the ultimate truth of all things: they co-exist; sch as life and death, joy and sadness, success and failure. Remember, all things follow a natural cycle, such that the last will be the first, and the first will be the last. Just look at the rise and fall of great empires. Unfortunately, man never learns the simple lesson of spontaneity. Most of us are "chasing the wind" instead of actually living.
It is essentially the wisdom of "doing the best, and letting God do the rest."
I will continue to share more of Tao wisdom with you on this page..